What to Pack for a Successful Day at Boulder Beach

June 5, 2018.Silverwood Admin.3 Likes.73 Comments

The big day is almost here! The weather has been perfect, and the ride side has been enjoyable, but Boulder Beach is opening for the season on June 9th! With this being the 15th season that the water park has been open, we have learned a thing or two on what’s essential to pack for a successful day. This guide will help you and your family pack for the big opening weekend with little to no mishaps. Luckily, if you happen to forget any of these items most of them are available to purchase in the Boulder Beach Trading Co.


Most guests flee to the water park the moment that the park opens, and they stay there until that part of the park closes, which is at 7 pm. If this is your plan as well, then it is important to protect your skin from the harmful rays as much as possible by wearing sunscreen. As soon as you find the perfect spot by the wave pool, quickly apply the sunscreen accordingly, and then you can race to your favorite slide!

Cover Up or Extra Clothes

After the water park closes, you might want to go to the dry park side and ride some coasters. We know what you are thinking, riding a roller coaster is the perfect way to dry off! But swimsuits are not allowed in Silverwood, and shirts, shoes and appropriate dress are required. Besides, it might feel nice to change into some warm, dry clothes at the end of the day. Try bringing a ziplock bag for your wet clothes to keep the rest of your items dry.

Beach Towels

There are towels available to rent over by the tube rental, but you will save money and time by bringing your own. These towels will be perfect when you want to save that chair in the sandy spot by the Lazy River.  There are also free cabanas available on a first come, first serve basis. Once you get to the park, race down to Avalanche mountain or the exit and save your spot with your towels.

Empty, Reusable Water Bottle

There are plenty of beverages available for purchase at the park. We have assorted Pepsi beverages, lemonade, iced tea, slushies, and beer. If you like Pina Coladas, we even have those too! But it is extremely important to stay hydrated when you are at Boulder Beach, and if you have a reusable water bottle, you might want to bring it. We have a couple drinking fountains throughout the park that you can refill at. We want all of our guests to be safe and have the best experience possible, and staying hydrated will help ensure that. If you have one of our Silverwood Sports Bottles, make sure to bring that to get your 99 cent beverage refills!

These next few suggestions are specifically for those that are bringing little ones to the water park. Packing for tiny tots does require some strategizing, and this is what we recommend.

Life Jacket

We get this question a lot by first time visitors, but we do actually have free life jackets here at the water park. However, there are a limited amount and they are first come, first serve type of deal. If you want to make sure that your little one has one, then you can bring your own as long is it is US Coast Guard or Canadian Coast Guard approved. That way you won’t have to wander around looking for one, or have to adjust the straps. You can just strap them in and let them have fun right away!


Water Shoes

Walking around the park, standing in lines, and playing around the pools can be hard on little feet. Water shoes can help protect your little one’s feet and make a more enjoyable experience. Just make sure that they remove them when they want to go down a slide, because the lifeguard will have your child remove them for their safety.

Swim Diapers

If your little one is in diapers, you will need to bring something for them to swim in for health reasons. If you happen to forget to pack swim diapers there are some for sale in the Boulder Beach store.

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Comments (73)

  • Ashley Wheeler . June 6, 2018 . Reply

    We have not been to the park yet, but my kids have been begging to go. I like that you can take in water bottles and refill them. We previously went to a different park where you couldn’t do that and it cost a fortune to buy enough water.

  • Clint . June 6, 2018 . Reply

    I like to bring a reusable water bottle. I’m glad Silverwood loves the Earth 🙂

  • Bridget A . June 6, 2018 . Reply

    Our #1 item to bring is our Silverwood Sports Bottles.

  • Jill . June 7, 2018 . Reply

    We haven’t been to Boulder Beach yet, but we brought ziplocs to keep our things dry on the water rides in the “dry side” of the park

  • Rosanna Rivera . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    We’ve never been to Silverwood but are so excited. The newsletters have been so helpful in relieving the stress of packing properly and giving us a pretty detailed description s of what we can expect! We can’t wait to get there!

  • Teresa Ayres . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    Awesome I’ll be sure to look at this great list when I’m packing for our trip!

  • Teresa Lehto . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    Always have 2 people, one goes to get a locker and the other to get tubes for the lazy river. If you have more people send one to find a shade spot for the day.

  • Cassie . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    The zip lock bag for wet clothes is a fantastic idea!

  • Andrea Baumann . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    This summer will be our first family vacation to Silverwood. Considering we have redheads our first packed item will be sunscreen!

  • Beverly . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    If you have little kiddo a life jacket is a must. It’s hard to find one that actually fits. Also water bottles and lots of sun screen.

  • Cassie Dehlbom . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    The zip lock bag idea for wet clothes is a fantastic idea!

  • Rachelle . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    I am so excited for silverwood this year!!! It has been far too long!! 😍

  • Shannon kirby . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    We always take extra towels. Sometimes they get taken. Lol

  • Norma . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    Love Silverwood ❤️

  • Sara Jameson . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    My favorite thing to bring to boulder beach is my family! And a reuseable water bottle

  • Brianna . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    I always bring a first aid kit where ever i go. You never know when you or someone around you might get hurt or sick! Especially at a fun park like Silverwood. SOMEONE is gonna need some Drammamine!!!

  • Elaine Sure Chief . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    Can you use a kooler to bring in drinks?

    • Brenda L Mason . July 15, 2020 . Reply

      Yes you can but it has to be soft cooler not hard and you can bring drinks and we did and they look through our back cans of Pepsi and bottles of water

  • Crystal . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    We will definitely need to bring water bottles. Have to stay hydrated.

  • Talia Gaulke . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    Bring flip flops or slip-on sandals for the hot sidewalks while you are waiting in line for the water slides!

  • Sadye . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    We always bring reusable waterbottles. They defintely come in handy on those hot days!

  • Tonia . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    DON’T forget sunscreen!!

  • Jen A . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    First time going this summer! Thinking it might be a good idea to just bring life jackets from home instead of just chancing it since I got 3 little ones to worry about. Definitely bringing the resusable water bottles and tons of sunscreen! Thanks for the tips!

  • Olivia lockwood . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    Great tips thank you

  • Samantha . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    Our number one item that we bring is Ziploc bags! Perfect for keeping phones and money dry on all the water rides in silverwood and dry from wet clothes and towels at boulder beach.

  • Brittanie . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    I can’t wait to bring my daughter to boulder beach!!

  • Juana Q . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    So excited that Boulder Beach is open!! Our family is looking forward to a fun day!

  • Tracy . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    We love coming here! As the kids are getting older they are really starting to enjoy the bigger rides. 😁

  • Charley Praither . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    My friends and I have been itching to go to Silverwood for years! I’d love to actually make it happen this summer.

  • Lisa . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    I’d love to get a Silverwood refillable cup. Thanks for offering that to help the environment!

  • Mellissa Reyes . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    Sunscreen and water was our biggest lifesaver. We have such a great time every year!

  • Meisha . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    This will be our first time at boulder beach even though we’ve been to Silverwood many times. I can’t wait to take my stepdaughter and watch her enjoy this park

  • Kayla . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    Super excited to bring my son for his first time!

  • Rosa Vilma Mangoba . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    See you soon Boulder beach!

  • Amber . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    Seriously wanting to come check you guys out! From western wa here, we will need to plan a trip that way for summer vacation!

  • Angela . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    We love boulder beach and always use lots of sunscreen..

  • Nikki elkins . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    We have never been to bolder beach!

  • chiqui . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    Can’t wait to be there with my family and friends this summer !!! I will definitely bring a camere to capture the memories

  • Amber Walker . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    Love bb but i always gotta have hair ties

  • Wendy . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    Slio off shoes

  • Tracy Schmidt . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    No one wants to end up with sun stroke
    Once you get sun stroke you will not feel good in the sun every time you go outside so this can be prevented by wearing a hat
    If you feel overheated wet your hat and your good to go!
    We love boulder beach esp the lazy river..looking forward to coming down from Canada with the grand kids this summer!

  • Nichole Johnson . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    Such great information! Been to silver wood a few times but never boulder beach!

  • Tara . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    Hats! Gotta take a break from that sunshine!

  • Kellie Richardson . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    I have loved collecting the Silverwood plastic bottles over the years, every few years new colors and designs come out and I see a lot of people mix and matching the lids and straws.

  • Shannon Hinds . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    Taking three grown daughters and their three boyfriends. Also, my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter for 2 days and staying at the campground for three nights. Everyone is super excited, as I have never been able to do something like this for my kids before. I sure hope I am understanding and reading everything correctly and packing the correct items to make it all run smoothly and fun for everyone! 🙂
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  • Natalie . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    We would love to go!!

  • Kathryn . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    I like to bring a good book with me so I can relax while the kids play:)

  • Mandy Hale . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    We love being able to bring our own water bottles since we don’t drink soda. Those ziplock bags for wet items are a great idea! Last time we finished up the day at BB but now that the rest of the park is open later, this is a must! We have small children and last year I bought a UV resistant umbrella that attaches to our stroller for extra shade while walking around the parks. The umbrella and sunscreen worked great for preventing sunburns, while still being able to soak up plenty of sunshine without getting too much.

  • Sophia . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    Thanks for the heads up! We are taking the kids next weekend for the first time!

  • Daniela . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    Silverwood is a must every summer!

  • Lori . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    Thanks for the tips.

  • Nina Lovyn . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    My whole family loves Silverwood.I hope I win these tickets! 🙂

  • Stephanie . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    Hoping to get my almost 12 year old out there this summer. We’ve always lived in Spokane, but haven’t taken the opportunity to get out there.

  • Barb Anderson . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    I like to bring sunscreen, reusable bottles, towels and a group party to enjoy a fun day at boulder beach swimming and splashing.

  • Shirley Argatoff . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    I would bring myself and family as we have never been 😀 and lots of sun screen

  • Laura Stone . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    I love Silverwood! My sister just moved out here from another state and I would love to be able to treat her to a day at Boulder Beach!

  • Corina . June 8, 2018 . Reply

    We haven’t been to Boulder Beach yet but I would definitely bring my family and sunscreen!

  • Nichole . June 9, 2018 . Reply

    Definitely sunscreen! Water, towels, snacks (if permitted) as my daughter has dietary restrictions. We’ve never been so it would be an adventure!

  • Cheyenne . June 9, 2018 . Reply

    I love silverwood and the food 😍😍

  • Lynn . June 9, 2018 . Reply

    We really like getting a locker lined up first thing to stash all our other gear for the day. It’s wonderful knowing it’s all locked up and safe.

  • Heather S . June 9, 2018 . Reply

    Silverwood as a whole is an amazing place. We love to plan our annual trip. We always sunscreen up before we leave the house and bring some along to reapply during our day. I didn’t know about the reusable water bottles for some reason so it is on this year. 😊 Silverwood here we come!!

  • Bobbi Riddell . June 9, 2018 . Reply

    We love boulder beach, we spend most of our visit playing in the water.

  • Nayomee . June 9, 2018 . Reply

    Thanks for the tips!! We are coming for the first time in a few weeks!

  • Amanda . June 10, 2018 . Reply

    Sunglasses and a hat/visor!! Also it’s easier to carry things in a backpack than like a duffle bag especially if you have kids to keep track of. Also some dry shoes if you are wanting to go into the ride area later cause some sandals don’t dry fast and can’t hurt your feet.

  • Patrick . June 10, 2018 . Reply

    Not so much a comment on what to bring since I have never been there. But what is there to do for a kid who has a broken leg and is on crutches

  • Amanda . June 10, 2018 . Reply

    Me and my fiancé got engaged here last year on the wooden roller coaster!! It would be amazing to go back there this year and celebrate!

  • Kathleen Hosterman . June 10, 2018 . Reply

    Every year our elementary/middle school children would earn a free ticket to Silverwood for meeting their reading goals (Many Thanks to Silverwood and Idaho for this wonderful program!). This year our youngest two are in high school and due to this they will not be eligible for the free ticket promotion. We could not dream of forgoing our once a year adventure in Silverwood so since the start of school last September we have been religiously setting aside a little each week for our tickets…………… and if our calculations are correct we will be meeting our savings goal by the 3rd week of August! We are beyond excited and cannot wait to see you there! As for a tip ~ when our children were younger we would all wear the same brightly colored or boldly patterned t-shirt so we could more easily find each other if we became separated in a crowd.

  • Kara Belanger . June 10, 2018 . Reply

    Bring a lot of extra towels for the vehicle!

  • Taryn Gifford . June 10, 2018 . Reply

    I’ve never visited Boulder Beach before–looking forward to doing so this year!

  • Ayla . July 17, 2018 . Reply

    Coming in August so excited!! Great tips! Haven’t been since our youngest has been tall enough to ride the rides and be a part of activities at Boulder beach 🏖 it’s going to be a blast!! PS. Dramamine is an awesome tip, my daughter and I both get car sick lol great idea for rides and love that we are allowed to bring in reusable water bottles!!!

  • Brittany Henderson . July 4, 2021 . Reply

    Sun Hats are a must! Amazing park, but you will have an even better time if everyone brings their hat!

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